Irvine, Calif., June 7, 1999
The UC Irvine Brain Imaging Center (BIC) Committee's 1999 Silver Ribbon Award will be presented to former first lady Rosalynn Carter for her leadership in the fight against mental illness. She will be honored at the annual Silver Ribbon Award dinner at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, at the Sutton Place Hotel in Newport Beach.
Also at the dinner, North Tustin resident Dee Harvey will be honored as outstanding volunteer.
Carter, who recently published "Helping Someone With Mental Illness," a book about the stigma of mental illness, also chairs the Mental Health Task Force at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga. The task force hosts the annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy. The center, established by Rosalynn and former President Jimmy Carter, addresses public policy issues in general and works to erase the stigma that comes with mental illness.
The task force also is working to improve access to care for the 50 million Americans who experience mental disorders every year. In addition, Rosalynn Carter helps create educational programs to improve understanding of mental illness. The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism provide one-year grants to reporters to study mental illnesses and their treatments. Carter also chairs the International Committee of Women Leaders for Mental Health, which includes former first ladies and members of royal households and works on worldwide education programs on mental illness.
Harvey, a former elementary school teacher, mail-order business owner and UCI College of Medicine employee, has worked with the Brain Imaging Center since it was created in 1987. She has edited the BIC newsletter since 1989, when she also launched the center's volunteer program. After retiring from UCI in 1995, she continued to help organize the annual Lockhart Symposia on advances in brain-imaging research and created the Donor Wall, a list of supporters located at the entrance to the center. She is now treasurer of the BIC Steering Committee and a center docent. In addition, she hosts the annual BIC picnic and co-chaired last year's Silver Ribbon Dinner with steering committee president Peggy Goldwater Clay.
Harvey is a member of the Orange County Guild for John Tracy Clinic, which promotes education programs for deaf children and their families. She serves on the board of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Orange County and volunteers at Sunkist Elementary School in Anaheim. She also is treasurer of the Alphi Chi Omega sorority house corporation board and vice president of the UCI Greek Alumni Council.
"I'm honored by this recognition from UCI and will continue to work to support the university's research efforts to find a cure for mental illnesses," Harvey said. The Brain Imaging Center is part of UCI College of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. The center's positron emission tomography (PET) equipment is used to study how the brain functions. By enabling physicians to make earlier and more accurate diagnoses of such diseases as epilepsy, autism, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia, the PET scans could provide information leading to new treatments.
The Silver Ribbon Award recognizes public figures and others who have made outstanding contributions toward removing the social stigma associated with brain-related illnesses. Previous recipients have included astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, actors Rod Steiger and Mike Connors, and Dr. Stanley van den Noort, former dean of the UCI College of Medicine.
The Silver Ribbon Award Dinner is being chaired by Alpha Hahn. Dinner committee members are Harvey, Sandra Brodie, Mara Eyer-Hube, Margie Keith and Ron Norick.
For more information about the dinner or reservations, call Diana Atkins at (949) 824-6246.